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parallaxBack in November, we shared a great video tutorial by Joe Fellows that walked us through how to animate photos in After Effects by using the parallax 2.5D effect. Though the video received a warm response, there were a few questions raised, like how to stylize and texturize elements in the composition for example, which would in turn make the project look all the more profession and downright awesome. Fellows decided to make a follow-up tutorial that answers a few of those questions (some of which came right from NFS readers). Continue on to check out the video! More »

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FS700 & R5 Recorder SonyWhen Sony announced the FS700 camcorder a year and a half ago, there was a vague promise that the camera would be able to shoot 4K video with a firmware update sometime down the road. At the time, little did we know that the FS700, when paired with a 4K RAW recorder like Sony’s R5, would become a legitimate option in the ever-expanding field of 4K RAW acquisition and a direct competitor to some of the other major cameras in that category, including the RED SCARLET and Sony’s own F5. However, if you’re an FS700 owner, or if you’re renting one out for your next production, and you’re not quite sure how to set up the camera/recorder for 4K recording, then Magnanimous Media has the perfect tutorial for you, as well as some gorgeous new footage. More »

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Premiere TutorialSo, you’ve finished cutting together and coloring your most recent project, and you’re ready to export it for the web or whatever form of distribution that you’ve chosen. You go to the export settings in your NLE, then you nearly have a panic attack because of the sheer volume of options. There are codecs and bitrates and field options and key frames,  and equally as many audio options, and before you know it, you’re curled up in the fetal position next to your desk. Luckily, one of my fellow Denver filmmakers put together a tutorial that shows you everything that you need to know when it comes to exporting for the web and beyond. Check it out. More »

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3D renderIf you work a lot in visual effects you know that creating stunning 3D objects and environments in After Effects and similar VFX programs is no easy task. There are plenty of tutorials out there that break down processes step by step, but Charles Yeager of AE Tuts+ offers some tips on how to get the most out of your renders when using Video Copilot’s Element 3D After Effects plugin by simply changing a few render and output settings. Check out the tutorial after the jump. More »

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Lens DiffusionDiffusion is one of the most subtle, yet powerful tools that cinematographers have at their disposal. Certain types of diffusion allows you to accomplish multiple things. You can soften images to create an intimate and alluring aesthetic. You can cause your highlights to bloom which can make for a more glamorous or angelic look. And while there are multiple types of camera diffusion on the market, one of the most unique and effective solutions is actually the most inexpensive. Stockings, the kind that lady-folk wear, can be attached to the rear of any lens to create some extraordinary diffusion effects. Here’s the why and how of achieving this unique aesthetic. More »

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Single Light With ModifiersLighting is hard. Lighting with limited resources is even harder. Therefore, using a single light to create multiple sources in order to light a subject and the background in one fell swoop should be impossible, right? Wrong. Through a combination of careful light placement and using various types of bounces, mirrors, and other light modifiers, you can create some absolutely stunning results with just a few tools and on a shoestring budget. Here are the fine folks at The Slanted Lens to show you how: More »

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Anamorphic fishing lineWe talk a lot about shooting anamorphic here at NFS. With its unique aesthetic, including horizontal lens flares and oval bokehs, it’s no wonder why so many indie filmmakers are wanting to get their hands on these awesome, albeit expensive lenses and adapters. And because the price tag causes most of us to miss out, we have to get creative to achieve at least a portion of what anamorphic lenses provide. Here’s a DIY tutorial that shows you how to use fishing line to produce horizontal lens flares with a similar look to those made while shooting anamorphic. More »

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Procedural Fire FXIf you’re a fan of The Hunger Games movies or if you’ve just got a touch of pyromania, this After Effects tutorial might be right up your alley. Inspired by the logo in the second installment of the series, Catching Fire, Michael Park walks us through creating a procedural fire effect in AE using Red Giant’s Trapcode Particular. Though there are quite a few steps to follow, the result is a beautifully stylized, sparkling blaze. Continue on to find out how to get started. More »

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After Effects Color Key maskingIf you’re interested in incorporating special effects in your films, chances are you’re going to work with green screen, stock video, and After Effects to create your composites. In a recent tutorial, Andrew Trice shows us how to use all three in order to composite using keying, as well as utilizing techniques, like motion tracking, linear color keying, and tritone color correction in After Effects. Continue on to find out how Trice got away with setting off an explosion a block away from the Adobe offices in San Francisco. More »

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SpeedgradeLast month, Adobe released a major update for their creative video applications, which added, among other new features, the long-requested ability for a direct link between Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade. Before this update, there wasn’t much reason to choose SpeedGrade over other grading applications such as DaVinci Resolve. However, now that the direct link between the two programs is in place, editors and colorists have plenty of incentive to learn SpeedGrade and incorporate it into their workflow. With that said, here’s everything you need to know to get started with Adobe SpeedGrade. More »

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Still MotionOne of the post-production techniques I’ve yearned to know more about was animating still photos. We’ve seen this used in countless film intro sequences, and now motion graphics artist and director Joe Fellows shows us how to achieve this 3D effect in After Effects. By separating the background, mid, and foreground, you can animate your photos creating a parallax effect that will turn your simple 2D still images into moving 3D storytelling devices. Check out the tutorial after the jump. More »

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Resolve 10Last week, Blackmagic Design released version 10 of its world-renowned grading application, DaVinci Resolve. Beyond some of the more obvious enhancements that will benefit independent filmmakers, most notably the fact that the free version of Resolve now supports 4K content, the folks at Blackmagic have introduced some really astounding and innovative new features that are sure to make a difference in your color grading workflow. SpliceNPost, a New York post production house, has put together a comprehensive video overview of the best new features in Resolve 10. Check it out: More »

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film ltk links tutorials knowledge filmmaking camera shooting cinematography tips tricks directingLast year, NFS readers heard from Tobias Deml when he did something awesome — rigging an Android tablet not only as a Canon DSLR monitor, but also a touch-screen controller. Now, Toby has shared something even more awesome. Over the course of a year or so, he thought it may be useful to compile an organized list of filmmaking links on everything from shooting to rigging to costuming to distributing. The result is FILM LTK — standing for links, tutorials, and knowledge — and useful it most understatedly is. For Toby’s breakdown of over 250 links to all things filmmaking, check below. More »

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Screen shot 2013-10-20 at 2.04.10 PMAvid’s Media Composer is a powerful piece of software, especially in terms of its media management and collaborative editing capabilities. However, Media Composer also boasts a powerful palette of effects that go well beyond the effects that are included in most other NLE’s. Despite the fact that some of these effects aren’t particularly easy to use, they do give editors the ability to create temp or finalized effects without the need for a specialized compositing program. Woody from Splice Training has put together an in-depth tutorial on how to create sci-fi energy blasts directly in Media Composer. Check it out. More »

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Neumann Films AnamorphicThe look of anamorphic lenses is absolutely fascinating. The widescreen aesthetic, the oval bokeh, the distinctive flares, the ability to render out-of-focus areas as a mesmerizing mess; these are all things which many filmmakers strive for with their images. There are ways to accomplish most of these things without using an actual anamorphic lens such as letterboxing, adding flares in post, or even using filters on the front of your lens, but when it comes down to it, they don’t provide the same aesthetic as a real anamorphic lens. Though the anamorphic process can be difficult to understand at times, Luke Neumann has put together a video that demystifies this awesome technique and gives you all of the resources that you need to get started shooting anamorphic. More »

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Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 10 Public BetaBlackmagic announced DaVinci Resolve 10 at NAB 2013 just a year after introducing DaVinci Resolve 9, which has become one of the more popular color grading suites out there (with Resolve Lite being the best — and possibly only — free grading program). Resolve has become the go-to grading application for many productions, especially since Lite gives you almost all of the the features of the $1,000 version (Noise Reduction being one of the main differences). Resolve 9 still comes with the now $2,000 Blackmagic Cinema Camera 2.5K, but the company is giving all current and future owners a free upgrade to Resolve 10, which was officially released today during the IBC show. Check out some of the new features below. More »

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When I started playing around with Magic Lantern RAW video, two things came to mind: First, a camera called the “5D” was once again the nucleus of a low-budget cinematographic revolution — this time thanks to the Magic Lantern team; Second, how was I ever going to be able to edit what I’d shot? I’ve learned a lot since then, and it turns out an offline/online, proxy-based workflow is not only possible, but powerful. Check out the process that I’ve been using to round-trip Magic Lantern RAW between Adobe Premiere CC and DaVinci Resolve Lite below. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Edit Blackmagic CinemaDNG & Magic Lantern RAW Natively in Premiere with GingerHDR Plugin - nofilmschoolI’ve been talking a lot about offline/online workflows lately — how they have, in principle, been used for ages, and still play today, tape or no tape. Such a post production process allows less fortunate folks (such as myself) to work with footage like Blackmagic Camera CinemaDNG and Magic Lantern RAW on hard-pressed machines. But what if your computer can handle the media, and you’re sick of waiting through long post processes for CDNG? Ginger HDR may be the solution for you. The plugin allows native editing of CinemaDNG, and now, even ML .RAW files directly, in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. One user has also devised a work-around for developing CDNG with the powerful Adobe Camera RAW interface, after native Premiere editing. Check it all out below. More »

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offlineIt’s not hard to get precious about pretty much everything in filmmaking. There’s one thing coming off the set, though, that’s more valuable than anything else — the film. It has long been preferable to treat the camera negative like the delicate, precious amalgam that it is by editing a place-holder version in lieu of damaging the original. In some fashion or another, this concept has followed editors through post production for much of filmmaking history. Even in the digital realm, it may sometimes be preferable to edit “offline” before conforming to “online” for striking the “master print.” Read a bit more into the fundamentals of the offline/online below. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Here's How You Can Create Your Very Own Textures in Blender - nofilmschoolJust because software is free, does not mean you can’t get incredible results out of it. Blender is a free 3D program that has a ton of capabilities, and it has helped create a few movies so far, including the completely open source live action film Tears of Steel. If you’ve done a bit of 3D work (or if you’re brand new to the 3D world), and you’ve wanted to create some of your own textures, the tutorial below from Cgtuts+ can help you get started. More »